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How do you tell if your pain/achiness in shoulder, neck, arm is caused by C5, C6 or C7 compression/issues.

Posted by FIIK

  I've battling pain in left shoulder girdle for two years - started with physio on shoulder, then chiro.  chiro suggested a shoulder surgeon/specialist who suggested cause was possibly C5.  

Had C4 nerve block with no effect (Dr. thought he missed the nerve root) and then two C5 nerve blocks.  First was good and eliminated pain for ~2 days.  Second one felt like it was in a different spot - back at C4(?) - did nothing and actually caused more pain.  all three time the Dr.s doing the procedure appeared to be guessing at where the needle was = kept counting the vertebrae and questioning where they were...

MRI - normal cervica alignment, generous spinal canal. very minor left C5 forminal stenosis is identified. there is moderate left C5-6 forminal stenosis.  there is moderate bilateral C6-7 forminal stenosis.

 Is there any site(s) that show where each of the 3 nerves go? and, how to tell which is probably causing my issues.

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Dear FLLK, Thanks for your Post. I have a few posts on my blog Neck Pain Support that you can refer to:

1. Neck Pain resulting from a C5, C6, C7, or C8 Radiculopathy

2. The Causes of Severe Neck Pain Resulting from a Cervical Radiculopathy

3. Severe Neck Pain From a Herniated Disc: What are Your Treatment Options?

For #3, check out Treatment option #6 as another alternative for treatment.

4. Herniated Disc

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